REVIEW OF Royal Crown School BY student, Declan Cutler
- Date of Review
October 23, 2023
Gr. 12 (current)
(3.5) Student Experience
Royal Crown is a solid school. Although I have only been at Crown for 2 months it has been a good experience so far. I appreciate the dedicated teachers and their commitment to helping us. If I could change one thing academically it would be switching to a non-quadmester system. Having one class for 10 weeks can be very annoying. The 2.5-hour classes feel very long and I feel that taking 2 1-hour and 15-minute classes would help me stay focused as well as learn more diverse things. Overall the one thing I would change would be the eating situation. Sometimes the repetition of chicken and rice can get annoying but I can’t complain. Nothing beats home-cooked food. Also having a student area for lounging would be greatly appreciated.
(4) School Leadership
Yes, I greatly respect the leaders. In my short time here I feel they are well respected by the students. To be honest I don’t interact with them very much so I can’t speak to what they do well or poorly. Sometimes the principal can ramble on during some assemblies but overall the school is run well. The guidance counsellors are amazing. They are very personable and help me with everything I need. Whether it be course selection or helping me with my online course my guidance counsellors are there for me.
My school work is pretty easy but that isn’t a bad thing seeing as how I have already graduated and taken all the challenging courses. I know what my teachers expect of me and they outline their expectations very clearly. They continually refresh the students' minds on their expectations and give frequent reminders to complete school work. I think my teacher wants the best for me and he has told me that he appreciates my hard work and dedication towards my focus in class and on my assignments. To be truthfully honest there is not anything that I would want to change about my teacher. I have only been here a short time but my experience has been good.
I feel that the work is sometimes challenging, but it's important to be challenged in order to learn and grow. Even though it may not always seem immediately applicable to everyday life, the knowledge and skills I'm gaining now will provide a strong foundation for future endeavors. It's like building a toolbox of skills that I can use in various situations. Plus, learning helps to broaden my horizons and develop critical thinking skills, which are valuable in any path I choose to pursue. So, even if I don't use every single piece of information in my everyday life, the overall learning experience is definitely worthwhile. I am excited to continue my education at Royal Crown in the following semesters and the upcoming courses seem to be intriguing.
Yes, I love being involved in extracurricular activities like clubs and teams! It's a great way to pursue my interests and meet new people. As for additional clubs or activities, I think it would be awesome if the school offered a photography club or a cooking class. As for everyone having enough to do, it can vary from person to person. Some may feel overwhelmed with commitments, while others may have more free time.
The students at our school are very diverse and come from a range of different countries around the world. It feels more like a city with a mix of different personalities and backgrounds. The students who do best at our school are those who are motivated, open-minded, and willing to put in effort. They embrace challenges and actively participate in various activities. While some students may struggle at times, it's important to remember that everyone has their own strengths and areas for growth. The school strives to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and included. Every student participated in CASE activities in which they crossed over from social group to social group over a specific activity. For example in my class club many people that I normally do not talk to come together over a simple game.
(4) School Life
If I were giving a tour of the school, I would take the visitors to the weight room first. It's a fantastic facility where students can work on their strength and fitness. It showcases our commitment to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. As a member of the basketball program, I spend many hours a day in the weight room and have come to love it. The gym showcases our school's passion for athletics and provides a great opportunity to highlight our basketball team's achievements and school spirit. It's a place where students can showcase their skills and enjoy friendly competition. As a member of the basketball team, these two places are where I spend most of my time. I have come to really enjoy those spaces and think they are very important to the character of our school.
The school feels like a second home to me, especially when I'm on the basketball court. Being a part of the basketball club allows me to not only stay active and improve my skills, but also have a blast with my teammates. The support and camaraderie we feel during practices and games create a strong bond that makes the school feel even more like a home. Spending time with my teammates on the weekends exploring the surrounding area builds chemistry both on and off the court. The basketball court is where I can truly be myself and showcase my passion for the sport. It's an incredible feeling to be part of a team that values and appreciates each other's contributions. I feel the community is very welcoming.
(4) School Location
Students at our school have the freedom to explore off-campus during lunch breaks or after school. Some students might grab a bite to eat at nearby restaurants or cafes, while others might take a walk in the surrounding neighborhood. It's nice to have the option to venture off-campus and experience different environments, but the majority of the school day is spent on campus. Being on the basketball team most of my day is spent on the school grounds.
For me, being a part of the basketball program the admission process was very easy. The guidance counsellors made the process very simple for me both course selection-wise as well as in preparing to live at the residence. I didn’t find it stressful at all and it was mostly fun and simple. I know now that the courses change as the year goes on but the options stay the same. My options are limited by my participation on the basketball team but that is to be expected. Most of my communication before entering the school went through my basketball coach as well as the academic advisors. They outlined everything I needed very clearly and allowed for an easy transition into the school atmosphere. The overall application process was very simple.